nonconformist

Part of speech: noun

One who does not conform to established faith or usage; a dissenter.

Part of speech: noun

Nonconformity.

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Usage examples "nonconformist":

  1. In addition to this, the law, having regarded not only Nonconformist preachers but Nonconformist worshippers as equally guilty, meetings were broken up, and the guilty people were clapped into gaol without more ado. - "The Coming of the King", James Hocking.
  2. It is sometimes said that Nonconformist bodies are equally established with the Church because they are subject to the law, as regards the construction of their trust- deeds, and other matters, of which the courts of justice have occasionally to take cognizance. - "Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day", Alfred Farthing Robbins.
  3. It was the Hohenzollerns and the Romanoffs, the firebrands of the French Cabinet, and your own clumsy, thick- headed efforts to get the best of everybody and yet keep your Nonconformist conscience. - "The Devil's Paw", E. Phillips Oppenheim.